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    The 26 Stages Of Starting A Band

    "We should jam sometime."

    1. Maybe you were a bit of a loner.

    2. The only thing that mattered was MUSIC.

    3. You spent hours and hours (and hours) in your room chained to headphones.

    4. The moment you met someone who had remotely the same taste as you, you immediately wanted to be their best friend.

    5. You might have even resorted to THIS.

    6. You remember the first time you saw a band you loved in concert and realized, "I could do that!"

    7. You totally could do it, too.

    8. Then your first five songs all sounded the same 'cause you only knew four chords.

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    But you didn't care because you were MAKING MUSIC.

    9. You were kinda tired of only doing covers, anyway.

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    10. You imagined yourself on stage with really cool gear, but in reality you had to start with a Strat Pack.

    11. Maybe you didn't quite have enough friends to fill out a whole band.

    12. Even though the basement or garage you rehearsed in was like a damp sock, band practice was the highlight of your week.

    13. Coming up with a band name was REALLY hard.

    14. You learned early that it's just about impossible to write lyrics that don't look incredibly stupid on the page.

    15. You wanted to get cool shows, but mostly you played talent shows/open mics.

    16. Or in living rooms.

    17. If your parents hated your band, you knew you were on the right track.

    18. This was about as close as you got to "groupies."

    19. You got kind of ahead of yourself, making t-shirts and stickers before you had any fans.

    20. And you wore your own band's t-shirt onstage before someone told you it was lame to do that.

    21. Choosing which gimmick to employ for your official band press photo was hard.

    Really hard.

    22. Nothing seemed more important than making a totally sweet demo.

    23. The first time someone you didn't know personally acknowledged/liked your band, you freaked.

    24. Playing music made you feel like you finally had some kind of direction in life.

    25. And even if you might not have reached the heights of fame you dreamed about...

    26. It was probably the most fun you'll ever have.